How long have you called Maple Ridge home?
I have been a part of this community on and off since 1990.

Who inspires you?
Too many to count, but the biggest inspiration is my father, who exemplified kindness, generosity and compassion, and has been recognized repeatedly throughout the years as a community volunteer and champion.

What makes Maple Ridge so great?
Maple Ridge boasts some incredibly caring and wonderful people, and a great wealth of outdoor recreational opportunities with all its dikes, lakes, rivers, mountains, and trails.

What inspires you to give?
There are some incredible organizations in this community doing life-changing work and making significant differences to people’s lives. Knowing how much time and energy the volunteers in this community put into these various causes is inspiring. So, if I don’t have time to give, I do like to offer some financial assistance.

What do you do to keep yourself happy and healthy?
I play in the garden and build things. I hang out and play games with friends. And most of all, I spend time with my loving family.

Do you have any favourite local hangouts?
Maple Ridge Park is great, when I have the grand babies. Ocean Village, Shinobi, and GM Restaurant are great places to eat. The UBC Research Forest is an awesome place to go hiking. And Maple Ridge has a pretty cool collection of second-hand and thrift stores that appeal to me.

I am Roxanne Hooper, editor of the Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows TIMES, and I bask in all that is Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows. This is a great community, full of fantastic people, many who I’ve had a chance to meet over the years, and hundreds that I still look forward to meeting in the future. In my capacity with the media, I see the good and bad parts of society. While I naturally have to bring you the stories of the bad and unfortunate happenings, I choose to focus most of my energies on spotlighting the good people, stories, and happenings that makes this community so inviting.

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